King Ropes, a psychedelic country garage band from Bozeman, Montana, effortlessly couples the inventiveness of The Pixies and the alternative country twang of Wilco with remarkable results. “Psychedelic hard country shoe gaze garage roots rock, ya know?“ One hears an eclectic range of influences at work, from The Velvet Underground to Willie Nelson, The Swans to Kurt Vile and Flaming Lips, Beck to Built to Spill, X to Kraftwerk.
Frontman and songwriter Dave Hollier, spent years in Brooklyn, (The Brooklyn you see in Taxi Driver, not on Pinterest), after growing up in Montana. Hollier says, “I’ve been formed by a lot of different stuff. It seems boring to me try to limit ourselves to a certain style or genre of music.” Apparently it’s working. “People hear our stuff and mention Queens of the Stone Age or Modest Mouse about as often as they do Neil Young.”
“I’m interested in the contrasts between urban and rural, eastern and western, sophisticated and raw, sweet and bludgeoning.People think it’s weird, a kid growing up in Montana wanting to move to New York, but those two extremes define who I am, and I think that this music reflects that.”
Back in Montana after those years in NY, and a stint in L.A., Hollier has attracted a solid lineup of local players. “I’d moved a couple times and the band was in constant flux. I was playing with people who lived all over the place, meeting up somewhere to tour. I wasn’t sure how it would work when I moved back here, but I’ve found an amazing crew of guys, all digging this weird mashup of stuff I’m trying to do. And it’s great all being from Montana and having that common background”.